Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

I'll be honest... God knows my heart anyway.

I'm frightened. Not worried. Frightened.

My daughter is going into 8th grade. She's too old for her own good, and of course, as the mother of a teenager, I don't know ANYTHING. She doesn't say it, but I know it, I thought those same thoughts myself at one time or another about my dad.

The path she's on, so far, is a good one, but it only takes one friend to pull you away. I'm afraid. Am I seeing things that aren't there, am I overly cautious? I don't know. I just feel like I have a stomach all the time and I know she's not mine, she's God's girl, but I can't help but want to protect her so she doesn't end up like me. UGH! That would be awful.

So you see, I'm frightened, praying, and I'm just going to give this one to God and try not to take it back. And if I do, please remind me to give it back again.

Lord, You know my daughter's heart, You know mine. Give her wisdom to make good choices, and please give me peace.


Brother Dave said...

Pray without ceasing and lead by example and trust that God will protect her and guide her ways.

Becky said...

ok now, you know me and my wild mind... when little miss became a teenage this was my prayer and she new I prayed for her and her friends, she still hates it!
Lord, give me the courage to direct this child as you would have me. I also ask that when a bad choice or action is decided upon, I pray that she is CAUGHT, either by you or me. Thank for this child. amen

Sara said...

here's my advice. accept nothing less than a child firmly gripped by grace. accept no attack on her heart. accept no compromise on her potential. not an option. don't let the world convince you she has to "go through a phase.." i didn't. the mr. didn't. daboyz didn't. speak truth and life. you'll be dancing for joy before you know it.

Birmingham Girl said...

I second the "don't accept their going through a phase" baloney either. We didn't with our girls and Sara didn't with her's good advice. From what you say about her, she's got a great foundation..keep speaking life! Oh, and don't act like mis-behaving is cute- it isn't it only encourages more of the same.

Margie said...

Thank you all! I've changed a few rules. As a person, I feel the need to always explain, and I was open and honest with her about why.

I'm the mom, I accept my responsibility. I don't always like it, but God trusts me.

Tonya said...

She is a great girl, and I agree with Sara, just dont accept poor behavior, she will be fine.... You should have come to group last night, this is one of the exact things that we talked about.